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Over 1 Lakh Vaccinated in Himachal in a Day, HP Govt Expects to Vaccinate All Adults With First Dose by October

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Shimla– Himachal Pradesh on June 21 –  the first day of vaccination under revised policy- vaccinated a record 1,000,80 eligible beneficiaries.  The state government has set a target of inoculating one lakh doses per day. Starting Monday, the Union Government is responsible for procuring and providing vaccines to states for free. 

Meanwhile, over 85.15 lakh people were vaccinated against Coronavirus across the country on Monday. On Tuesday, more than 48 lakh Vaccine Doses administered , as per the 7 pm provisional report released by the government. India’s cumulative COVID Vaccination Coverage crossed 29.40 crore (29,40,42,822), as per the 7 pm provisional report today. 

Himachal Pradesh saw an active participation of people in the vaccination drive, the government informed. More people in tribal districts of Lahaul- Spiti, Kinnaur and district Kangra were administered vaccines on Monday than the targeted number, it was informed. As per the COWIN portal figures, 1,08,000 beneficiaries were vaccinated in the state on Tuesday before 4:00 pm.

HP government claims to vaccinate all the people in the state above 18 years of age with the first dose by October. So far, a total of 512072 beneficiaries under the 18-44 years age group have been administered the first dose of vaccine in Himachal Pradesh. The state government claimed that it currently possesses 7,33,810 Covid-19 doses.  The state government received 1.92 lakh vaccines dose from the Centre on Monday, the government informed. 

It’s pertinent to mention that after facing backlash from the Supreme Court over its previous policy, which the court found to be “arbitrary and irrational”,  the Centre government had to revise vaccination policy and take the charge of providing free jabs to all adults in government hospitals across the country. The Centre will now procure 75 percent of the vaccines being produced. Walk-in facilities were also permitted for eligible beneficiaries. 

Also Read: India’s Revised Vaccination Policy and Supreme Court’s Role Behind This Change in Approach

Vaccines for the 18-44 age group in Himachal Pradesh will be administered on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. For people above the 45+ age group, vaccine sessions will be organized on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The table below shows the cumulative vaccine doses administered to 18-44 years age group till now.

 
S.No. State 1st Dose 2nd Dose
1 A & N Islands 22862 0
2 Andhra Pradesh 1255732 6557
3 Arunachal Pradesh 148349 0
4 Assam 1618461 110747
5 Bihar 4363177 68761
6 Chandigarh 145427 0
7 Chhattisgarh 1303543 40478
8 Dadra & Nagar Haveli 95163 0
9 Daman & Diu 102305 0
10 Delhi 1692763 146220
11 Goa 240493 3306
12 Gujarat 5703475 129599
13 Haryana 2551388 52923
14 Himachal Pradesh 512072 0
15 Jammu & Kashmir 592426 28173
16 Jharkhand 1571012 45000
17 Karnataka 4706571 37945
18 Kerala 1571330 4398
19 Ladakh 69230 0
20 Lakshadweep 21113 0
21 Madhya Pradesh 6211455 126238
22 Maharashtra 3766890 237360
23 Manipur 116399 0
24 Meghalaya 166499 0
25 Mizoram 163449 0
26 Nagaland 152617 0
27 Odisha 1850178 123621
28 Puducherry 144485 0
29 Punjab 1080941 3961
30 Rajasthan 5384169 3868
31 Sikkim 152193 0
32 Tamil Nadu 3937308 21741
33 Telangana 2828462 14621
34 Tripura 587445 10652
35 Uttar Pradesh 6620097 158379
36 Uttarakhand 870864 31711
37 West Bengal 3218344 18353
  Total 65538687 1424612

 

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Shimla, Manali Receive Season’s First Spell of Snow, Cheers Tourism Industry

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Shimla-First spell of snow in Shimla’s tourist destinations, Narkanda and Kufri, has cheered the tourism industry as it would increase the footfall of tourists. Similarly, higher parts of Manali also reported a light spell of snow on Sunday evening. Lahaul-Spiti, however, reportedly witnessed heavy snowfall and Atal Tunnel, Rohtang, was closed for traffic. Parts of the Kinnaur district also recorded a spell of snow.

Chopal in Shimla had received 2-3 inches of snow, while Dodra Kwar recorded one foot of snow, according to the Met Department.

In Kullu, Jalori Pass had received 3 inches of snow, Rohtang top 2.5 feet, and Atal Tunnel 1.5 feet.

In Lahaul-Spiti, Koksar/Sissu had recorded 18 inches of snow, Keylong 8 inches, Darcha 12 inches, Udaipur 4 inches, Tindi 2 inches, Kaza 1 inch, and Lossar 2 inches of snow.

In Kinnaur, Chitkul had recorded 15.4 cms of snow, Kalpa 5 cms, and Sangla 7.62 cms. Nichar also received a light spell.

This change in weather has triggered a cold wave across the state. Further, the Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department had issued a yellow alert for December 5, 2021. The Met has predicted rain and snow on December 6 too. While the weather is predicted to be dry on December 8, the state could witness more rain and snow on December 7 and December 9, according to the Met Department.

Most roads, except in Lahaul-Spiti, remain open to traffic movement, the district administrations of Shimla and Kullu confirmed. Further, the administrations said preparations are being made to keep the roads clear in case of heavy snowfall.

This tourist season is crucial for the hospitality industry which was worst hit by the pandemic induced restrictions. However, the entry of Omicron – the new variant of Covid-19 that has been termed as a variant of concern by the WHO-haunts the season. India had reported as many as 21 cases of Omicron till Sunday. If the HP Government decides to impose restrictions on the entry of the domestic tourist in view of the spread of the new variant, the hospitality industry could again face losses.  

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Himachal Achieves 100% Vaccination Target, OPD at AIIMS, Bilaspur, Inaugurated   

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh has achieved the 100 percent target of the second dose of Covid vaccination, the State government informed on Sunday.  Himachal Pradesh has become the first State of the country in achieving the target of cent per cent vaccination of targeted eligible age group, it informed.  

According to the HP Government, all eligible 53,86,393 adults have been administered the second dose of the vaccine.

District-Wise Vaccination Details

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Number of People Vaccinated 

Bilaspur  318150
Chamba 352605
Hamirpur 361954
Kangra 1140439
Kinnaur 68460
Kullu 322643
Lahaul-Spiti 25494
Mandi 738818
Shimla 634019
Sirmaru 410187
Solan 584326
Una 429298

A complete vaccination was performed first in the inaccessible areas and tribal areas of the state and Kinnaur district became the first district in the entire country to administer the second dose of the vaccine to all eligible adults, the government informed.

On this occasion, Jagat Prakash Nadda, the Member of Parliament and National BJP President, also addressed a felicitation ceremony of Covid Vaccination Workers at Bilaspur on Sunday.

Nadda also dedicated the first OPD at AIIMS Kothipura in Bilaspur. The AIIMS Bilaspur would be made fully functional within the next six months, said Nadda.

 

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JP Nadda at AIIMS Bilaspur

He said that the foundation stone of this institution was laid about three years back and it would have been completed a year ago, but the pace was affected due to the corona pandemic. He said that Himachal Pradesh has got an Rs. 500 crore Satellite centre of PGI Chandigarh at Una.

He also congratulated the State Government, doctors, health care workers and all the frontline workers for achieving this unique feat. 

Union Minister of Health, Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Singh were also present on the occasion

 

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Himachal Records Fresh Spell of Snow, HP Met Issues Alert

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Shimla-The weather in Himachal Pradesh has taken a turn with a prediction of rain and snowfall till December 5, 2021. At the time of writing this report, Kaza in Lahaul-Spiti was receiving a fresh spell of snow, cheering the tourists, as well as, the hoteliers. So far, the traffic movement was normal in the region.

This has caused a sharp drop in temperatures across the state.

The District Administration of Lahaul-Spiti has advised the locals and tourists to avoid wandering to high altitude areas unnecessarily.

The HP Meteorological Department, Shimla, has also issued a yellow alert for December 2 and December 5. While the plains can experience light to moderate rainfall at a few places,  the middle and higher hills could witness widespread rain and snow on December 2.   

For December 4, the HP Met had predicted light to moderate rain across the state. For December 5, however, the Met has issued an yellow alert with a prediction of rain and snow at several places.

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